Some vs. Something – Confusing English Words

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Whenever I need some advice, I can always ask my mom. Giving advice is something she’s good at. I guess because she’s a mom, she’s had a lot of experience with it. I saw some TV programs were people give advice, but something like that is just for entertainment, I think. I doubt some famous doctor is the best person to say something when some person needs help. Do you?
For today’s English lesson, I want to show you the difference between some and something. Have a look at the paragraph above once more and then check out the lesson.

Some is a determiner. Some comes before a plural noun or a non-countable noun. Some means “about 3 or 4”, or a “small amount of:”

  • I saw some people who were drinking coffee in the park this morning.
  • I have some cookies. Would you like one?
  • Whenever I need some advice, I can always ask my mom

Something is a pronoun. Something is sometimes used before an adjective, but never before a noun Something means “an unspecified thing:”

  • I want something cold to drink. Not, I need something drink….
  • I saw something interesting in the news this morning. Not, I saw something news
  • I’m looking for something for my sister for her birthday.

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